I’ve wanted a bat house ever since I read that a single bat can eat 600 mosquitoes in an hour. This week my husband finally got a chance to build me one. If the thought of a mosquito-free summer has you wanting one too, here are the instructions:
How to Build a Bat House
Materials You’ll Need:
- (1) 4 ft. x 4 ft. sheet of exterior-grade plywood (not pressure-treated)
- (1) 1-inch x 2-inch x 8-foot furring strip
- 1-lb of 1-5/8 inch exterior-grade screws
- (20-25) 1-1/4 inch exterior-grade screws
Step 1: Measure and cut out all the pieces. For the front panel, you’ll need a piece of plywood that’s 19 inches x 28 inches. For the back panel, you’ll need a piece of plywood that’s 19 inches x 33 inches. For the roof panel, you’ll need a piece of plywood that’s 23 inches x 4-1/2 inches. For the mounts, you’ll need two 4 x 24 inch pieces of plywood. For the left and right spacers, you’ll need two 1-inch x 2-inch x 28-inch boards cut from the furring strip. For the top spacer, you’ll need a 1-inch x 2-inch x 15-1/2 inch board cut from the furring strip. For the back spacers, you’ll need four 1-inch x 2-inch x 6-inch boards cut from the furring strip.
Step 2: Sandwich the left, right and top spacers between the front and back panel to create the sides of your bat house, and screw together.
Step 3: Attach the back spacers to the mounts, and attach to the back of the bat house.
Step 4: Attach the roof, and your bat house is ready for business!
To Install: Attach the back mounts to long posts, and position the front of the bat house, so that it’s facing south.